Iowa County Humane Society

Serving the animals and citizens of Iowa County and its surrounding communities

I.C.H.S Newsletter - July, 2012

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A Letter From The Editor...

As I tend to comment on the weather and seasonal changes in my opening remarks, I went to the July 2011 PawPrints Newsletter to see what I was writing about a year ago. “Oh, my – how soon I forget!” Last year I was wondering when the hot and humid weather would be arriving and I also mentioned that I was frequently emptying the rain gauge. I was surprised by that as I know last summer was dry. So I went once again to the “June & July Weather Data” to check last year’s precipitation and I was right. Although June had timely rains, July was very dry. We (Madison) had basically no precipitation during the month of July until the 27 th when we received an inch of rain. Let’s hope that we won’t have to wait until the end of July to get some rain this year. That reminds me of Mike Reilly’s comment in his Along the Ad Routes in last week’s The Dodgeville Chronicle. When asked, “When is it going to rain?” Mike’s answer was “It’s not WHEN is it going to rain, but IF it is going to rain!” And if you recall, we had so little snow this past winter!... As you read this letter it is important to remember that I am a volunteer and these are MY thoughts.

Perhaps you saw Macy’s picture and write-up in the The Dodgeville Chronicle and Advisor last month. Briefly, the write-up mentioned that she has been at the shelter a long time (it will be 7 years in November) and she felt as if she was in prison (but she wasn’t sure what her crime was). Although Macy has been at ICHS longer than the other residents, Joey, Bradley and Mikey have been here a long time as well. I saw this piece hanging on the wall in one of the utility rooms at the shelter. It was called “The Pitbull Bill of Rights” and attached was a picture of Mozart (Mozart was a sweet Pitbull – see the March 2012 PawPrints issue). I took the liberty to make a few modifications:

The Shelter Dog Bill of Rights

I have the right to give and receive unconditional love.
I have the right to a life that is beyond this 4’x 6’ kennel.
I have the right to be trained.
I have the right to socialize with people and dogs.
I have the right to have my needs and wants respected.
I have the right to some time and space all my own.
I have the right to be foolish and silly.
I have the right to earn my person’s trust and to be trusted in return.
I have the right to be forgiven.
I have the right to have a home and a family.

I am sure that many of you believe that animals do have rights. The issue of keeping unwanted dogs at the shelter ‘forever’ comes up occasionally at our board meetings. The questions: “Is this humane treatment? Is it fair to the dogs?” are legitimate questions and need to be asked. And there is no easy answer! Lack of financial resources and space must also be included in this equation. At the June board meeting, we were informed that the ICHS directors are working on a plan which will hopefully benefit these long-term shelter dogs. Although it will be a ‘work in progress’, it does provide optimism that some of these dogs just may have a chance of finding a home.

Someone made the comment recently that these dogs will never get homes as long as they are at the shelter. Yes, this is probably true, but what can be done about that? These dogs need socialization, training and someone to work with them in order to allow them the opportunity to be in a home. Because the ICHS staff doesn’t have the time to socialize and train the dogs and there aren’t enough volunteers to spend time with each dog, they will remain at the shelter. It is cyclical – there won’t be homes until people work with the dogs! So these dogs need people – like YOU! It is ironic because people are the reason that these dogs end up here in the first place – whether it was the initial irresponsibility of not spaying and neutering or perhaps it was a lack of time and knowledge needed to train a dog. Maybe the thrill of having the dog wore off or perhaps it was the result of the economy. The list of reasons (excuses) goes on. Sweet Macy wouldn’t be here today if she would have had a responsible owner six years ago.

These dogs need people! How about you? I am asking you - if you have the time, the patience and can make a commitment - to help make a difference in one of these dog’s lives. If you can’t help but you know of someone who might be able to help, please ask them to consider working with one of these dogs. I have made the comment repeatedly that if I could have a dog, I would take any one of these dogs into my home, but because of my cats it just wouldn’t work. Until you personally get to know these dogs it is easy to remain detached, but once you spend time with them you’ll see what I mean! Those of us who know these shelter dogs do believe they have rights. We believe they can be a wonderful addition to “the right family”. We believe that we can make a difference in these dogs’ lives!

The Iowa County 4-H Dog Project has once again matched ICHS dogs and teenagers to help work with and socialize these dogs (Macy included☺). These dogs are taken to the fairgrounds on Monday evenings for training in agility, obedience and showmanship classes. This is an awesome experience for these dogs and those who participate have a better chance of being seen by the public and adopted. Last year all of the participating ICHS dogs were adopted with the exception of Macy and Belle. Perhaps this is the year for those two girls to “strut their stuff” and find a home!!!

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Upcoming Fundraising Events

A small, but enthusiastic group of volunteers meet monthly to plan the ICHS fundraisers. We meet the 3 rd Tuesday of the month at 7 o’clock at the shelter (call Cheri for verification). Our meetings include the discussion of ideas for possible events as well as the planning of actual events. The Fundraising meeting follows the 6 o’clock Outreach and Education committee meeting (for information regarding this committee, see the November 2011 Newsletter or call Cheri for details). Please join us if you would like to be a part of either of these two committees. And if you can’t make it to the meetings, please e-mail Cheri at ICHS and share your ideas with her.

Paws n Claws University

Although the Paws n Claws educational seminars are not fundraisers they are very informative and an opportunity to learn more about various issues regarding animals. The seminar in August is “Pet Therapy: Sharing the Gift of Love” and this seminar will also be held at the shelter at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 26. There is no admission fee. Simply come with your questions and enjoy the afternoon. Looking ahead, the seminar in September will be on health topics for horses and October is AKC Canine Good Citizen training/testing.

Food Booth (Lands’ End Sale)

On Wednesday, July 25 th the ICHS volunteers will be responsible for the food booth at the Annual Lands’ End Sale Event which is held at Harris Park in Dodgeville. ICHS volunteers will be at the booth from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. providing shoppers an opportunity to have breakfast, lunch or a snack. ICHS’s participation at this event is a financially significant event for the shelter. The menu features pulled pork sandwiches, turkey dressing sandwiches, hot dogs and pizza along with baked goods, pies and fruit. Volunteers are needed to work shifts throughout the day. Baked goods and pies are also needed. Anyone that is interested in helping with the food booth can contact Cheri at ICHS. For those of you who enjoy “eating out” (whether you are shopping or not) please stop by our booth and have a bite to eat while helping the ICHS animals.

Dairyland Dare

Saturday, August 12 th is the Dairyland Dare bike event. ICHS earns money when our volunteers help provide support for riders participating in this ride. The more hours we volunteer, the more $$ we earn for the animals who depend on ICHS until they find a home. Anyone who is interested in volunteering at the Dare should contact Cheri at ICHS.

Wright Stuff Century

Sunday, September 2 nd is the Wright Stuff Century Bike event. Similar to the Dairyland Dare, ICHS volunteers help earn money for ICHS. Shifts are available at Unity Chapel outside of Spring Green and in Barneveld. If you have the time on this busy Labor Day weekend, this is a great way to help ICHS.

Iowa County Fair – Dog Project

If you have the time (and are looking for a good time’), consider attending the 4-H Dog Project events. The showmanship and obedience classes will be held on Saturday, August 18 th at the fairgrounds in Mineral Point. The agility classes will be on the Thursday evening while the fair is in progress. Whether these 4-H youngsters are handling ICHS dogs or their own personal family dog, they have put in a lot of time and work and they would love showing off what they and their dog(s) can do. And you never know, one of these ICHS dogs might be exactly the dog that your family has been

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Special Pets

We all know that all animals are ‘special’ but the animals featured in this section are indeed special. These are ‘special needs’ animals. The special person/family who adopts one of these animals knows that this may/may not be the long-term relationship which we hope for when we open our hearts and homes to a new family member. These animals ‘forever homes’ with us may be just for a short time before they move on…But, nevertheless, these animals need a home and a loving family just as we all do. Are you possibly the family that could provide a home for one of these animals? If not, do you know of a family who could provide a loving home for these animals? If so, please come out to ICHS and find out more about these animals from the ICHS staff.

Noreen, Sarah, Duchess & Jorge

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These 4 kitties are special needs cats – they have been diagnosed with FIV. There is a lot of information about FIV on the Internet, but for starters you can go to the March 2012 PawPrints Newsletter to learn more. Although I am not an expert on FIV (and FeLV), I addressed these two ‘conditions’ in a previous issue. These four cats are normal, happy cats and are waiting for a home. Since these cats are (and will be) included in PawPrints until they find homes, I thought I should get to know these cats personally. After meeting these cats last February, I can’t begin to explain how ‘normal’ these cats are. If I were able to have one or two of these cats, I don’t know how I could possibly choose among them. So if I can convince you to open up your home to one of these sweeties, you will have to come and meet all of them - I can’t begin to do them justice. Noreen and Duchess are grandmother and granddaughter and ‘sweet’ is definitely in their genetic make-up! I was told that it wasn’t necessary to carry these two kitties to the ‘meet & greet’ room; they go by themselves! I was skeptical, but guess what? They do! You just open their cage door and they walk right to the ‘meet & greet’ room! And, guess what? When it is time to go back to their cage, they go back by themselves – directly to their cage! How cool are these two? Sarah is ‘sweetness-personified’. Jorge (hor hay) came to the shelter on Cinco de Mayo – hence, his Spanish name. He is a real sweetie and a lover! Trying to get a picture of him for this article was difficult as he wanted to be on my lap and kept giving “kitty kisses”. I am wondering if “sweetness” isn’t one of the symptoms of FIV as all of the FIV+ kitties are especially sweet. Dominic is currently being fostered which reminds me to remind all of you that fostering ICHS animals is a good way to determine if you and the animal are meant to be a family. So…if you are looking for a kitty companion, these kitties are looking for YOU!

Lance & Russell

Both of these guys are FeLV kitties. Although both of these kitties are healthy and free of symptoms, they really must be “only cats” or live in a household with other FeLV cats. Lance is a young, orangetabby who hasn’t been at the shelter long. He is a sweetheart! Russell arrived at ICHS in early April. He is an orange with white long-haired kitty. He still is quite thin, but he will be a beautiful cat once he gains some weight. He is also a ‘lover boy’ and quite the ‘talker’. Trying to take pictures of him was quite an ordeal as he just wouldn’t be still! These two kitties would make a beautiful pair – assuming that they would get along with each other. Because of their FeLV status, ICHS doesn’t have the ability/space to put them together to see if they would get along with each other. An ICHS staff member, Carol, has had several FeLV kitties over the years, so I suggest that you speak to her about her experience living with FeLV cats. So…these two sweeties need a home!



Vegas is considereda special kitty because of her ‘cattitude’. Anyone who knows cats is aware that most Torties and Calicos are known for their “unique” temperaments. Vegas is approximately 5-6 years old. She had been abandoned by her previous owner and has been at ICHS for three years. She was very scared and confused when she came to the shelter. She lives in the quiet Catnip Lounge where she hangs out with the other cats who appreciate peace and quiet. Our resident Diva has some very special skills. Vegas is a masseuse in training—she loves to give back rubs to her favorite human friends. She likes to rule the world on her own terms and might be persuaded to share her home with others who understand who is in charge. She prefers the wild, open spaces of the entire house, not appreciating being sentenced to solitary confinement. An experienced ‘cat-family’ living in a quiet household is exactly what Vegas needs. So…Vegas needs a home.


Becky is absolutely the sweetest dog at ICHS! She is an elderly Beagle lady. I have never seen such short legs on a ‘Beagle body’! Becky recently underwent surgery to repair an injury to her hind leg. She is recuperating nicely but her walks continue to be reduced in length. However even with shortened outdoor excursions, Becky’s walks take longer than most of the other dogs’ walks! It’s that Beagle nose of hers! She finds every scent possible! She also has a heart murmur, but she is doing well on her current medication. Becky is extremely friendly (as most Beagles are). Becky needs a quiet home and family to give her the attention which she craves (and deserves). A fenced in backyard would be heavenly! So…Becky needs a home.

Tara Tara has been at ICHS for a year. She is about three years of age, smiles and is a Lab/terrier mix (although some believe that she looks more like a Rhodesian Ridgeback – without the ‘ridge’). She has a very wrinkled face/head and does have sensitive skin so it appears that she may have some Shar Pei in her breeding as well. Tara does need to eat a hypoallergenic diet to keep her skin healthy. She also gets bathed weekly, but she loves baths! In calling Tara “special”, I am not calling attention to her ‘skin condition’ but rather the fact that Tara is the dog which I used for obedience classes. I really felt the need to learn more about ‘working with dogs’ so I wanted to take an obedience class at Alisha’s Best Friends. Not having a dog of my own, Teresa suggested that I use Tara. Tara has taken everything in stride. She did very well at our Saturday morning classes – she is a quick learner! She is currently in the 2012 4-H Dog Project. She is a very social dog and would love to spend time romping with other dogs. A home with other dogs would be great or perhaps having access to a dog park would suffice. She seems to do well with cats. I walk her between the cat cages at the shelter and she wants to stop and ‘chat’ with each cat. And, of course, she adores people. So…Tara needs a home.

Peter Cottontail

ICHS has had a few resident rabbits over the years. Peter Cottontail has been with us for a couple of months and seems to be doing just fine, but it would be nice for him to have a permanent home. I don’t know anything about Peter – other than he is a cutie! Actually I didn’t know anything about rabbits so I went to the Internet to find out more about living with a rabbit. Rather than repeating what I learned about rabbits, you can go on-line yourself or refer to the January 2012 PawPrints newsletter. Having a rabbit isn’t quite the same as having a cat or a dog, but depending on your situation, Peter might just be the perfect pet for you! So…Peter needs a home.

Betty’s Thoughts… For those of you who know Betty (and those of you who don’t), she has been a permanent fixture at ICHS since 2000. She was the first person who I met at the shelter when I went to fill out my volunteer application in 2002. Betty spends her time at the shelter with the cats – frequently with the special needs cats. Betty is on a mission to get out the message about how adoptable ‘her’ special needs kitties are. It was her idea to have the ‘special needs bulletin board’ in the cat area. She wrote the following:


Have you ever wished someone would love you just for yourself and not because you’re beautiful or play the piano better than someone else? I could go on and on with those kinds of examples. However even with your talents and looks you also have your imperfections – we all do. Your faults do not make you any less a person however some may treat you this way. Our four-footed friends also have this same situation. Everyone loves puppies and kittens, but what about the older animals – the dog or cat whose owner dies or goes into a nursing home. They have no one – THEY NEED YOU!! The kitty who is FIV and is considered to have special needs may not be your idea of ‘perfection’ but it still needs to be loved. If you can afford to offer them a home – go for it. The love you get makes it all worthwhile. These animals can’t help their situation. And please spay and neuter your pets. Shelter animals would not be in this situation if humans had done this in the first place. Spaying and neutering does not have a negative effect – it actually adds to the animal’s health and well-being.

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Crossing over that bridge…

Crossing OverIt is never easy to say “goodbye” to our friends and family, but please note that your adopted pet has touched many lives. When your pet crosses the Rainbow Bridge, feel free to let us know about your loved ones passing.


In Memory of Walter…

If you are a “faithful reader” of PawPrints, you may have noticed that Walter was not included this month in the “Special Pets” segment. Your first thought may have been that he was adopted and had found his forever home. Sadly Walter’s time here on Earth came to an end and he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Although Walter was a FIV+ kitty, he succumbed to kidney failure which he has had for awhile. Walter was a favorite of most who knew him. He was a very friendly and loving kitty who will be missed greatly. Goodbye…Walter!

In Memory of Charlotte…

Charlotte was a beautiful black and white kitty with unusual markings that lived in Larry’s Living Room . She was shy and not very outgoing so she didn’t garner much attention. Recently she was helping Fran wash windows. Fran was on one side of the large glass window and Charlotte was sitting on the window sill – mimicking Fran’s window washing movements. Fran left momentarily and (although no one saw what happened) when Charlotte jumped to the floor she apparently “landed wrong”. Fran came back within a few minutes and saw that Charlotte was having a seizure. Charlotte was taken to the vet clinic to be examined and have x-rays taken. From the x-rays it is believed that she had a previous spinal issue which had gone undetected until this ‘fateful leap’. Charlotte had lived her entire life at ICHS having been brought in as a kitten with her six siblings. The others found homes…but not Charlotte! Now, she does have her forever home across the Rainbow Bridge. Goodbye…Charlotte!

In Memory of Lil…

Lil wasadopted from ICHS in January of 2010 by the Rauch Family (Lil’s success story was in the November 2010 PawPrints issue). Lil was an older gal and was with her family for a little over a year. It was not a long time but Lil certainly knew she was loved and had heaven right here on earth. Alecia said that she was suffering terribly from arthritis and then she had a mild stroke so ‘the decision’ had to be made. Alecia said that they “so enjoyed giving her the home she deserved”. Your family misses you, Lil!

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Success Stories

I need your help if I am to continue to feature the success stories which begin the moment your adopted companion chooses you. It is not difficult for me to write a paragraph that showcases your pet. The problem that I have is finding YOU and your pet. I don’t know who you are or how to contact you. If you would be interested in sharing your pet’s story in the newsletter, please e-mail me at . A picture and a brief write-up about your pet(s) is all that I need. If I don’t have enough info, I will get back to you. It would be helpful to know your pet’s shelter name (if you renamed your pet), when you adopted, pet’s favorite activities, other pets that you may have and whatever else you would like to include. If you are not able to send a picture, that’s OK. Many of you send periodic updates regarding your adopted pet to the shelter. I can use those write-ups if you would please indicate (in your letter to ICHS) that you are giving me permission to include your pet’s story in the newsletter. I hope to hear from you!


Dawson now lives in Cottage Grove with the Rauch family. Besides Alecia, Joe and Caitlyn, he also has his cat siblings – Cutie, Little Boy (both from ICHS) and Blizzy. Dawson’s nickname is D-Dog because he is so cool! Dawson is a great fit for the family. The family initially fostered Dawson, but shortly thereafter, Dawson had an adventure. He snuck outside late one night last winter and couldn’t be found despite constant searching. Three days later Alecia received a call from the Dane County Humane Society that he had been brought in and due to the MICRO CHIP he was returned home (you may remember the story last April about the cat from Minneapolis who ended up in Madison after climbing in the engine compartment of a car. Leon also ended up being returned because of his micro chip). Other than a minor cold Dawson was A-OK! Dawson has been on close watch ever since and maintains his “in house” status. Looking at the photo of Dawson on the bed, it doesn’t appear that he is too unhappy with the situation! Thank you, Alecia, Joe and Caitlyn for sharing Dawson’s story.

Bowser’s (Wrigley’s) Story

By Katie Pederson

I saw Wrigley on the Morning Show on NBC15, during their Pet of the Week segment.  Christine Bellport, the anchor, mentioned he was like a cartoon character come to life...and then the camera cut to him flopping across the floor.  I burst out laughing - we have a cat that does the exact same thing.  As the day went on, I could not get that silly little dog out of my head.  When I got home, I showed my husband Todd the video on the NBC15 website and he agreed that Wrigley sure looked like a goofball and agreed that we could go visit him.  By Friday of the same week, our application had been approved and we were on our way to Dodgeville with our dog Pixie (a 2008 adoption from the Green County Humane Society in Monroe) to see what she thought of Wrigley.  She gave her approval.  When I asked about Wrigley's history, they couldn't tell me a lot, except that he had been picked up in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly.  That's when I decided it must be fate - Pixie was also found in the parking lot of a Piggly Wiggly.  Once we got to our house, we walked him around the yard so he could check things out and when we asked if they wanted to go inside, he bolted towards the back door, even though we hadn't been near it at that point.  Once inside, he introduced himself to our three cats, Dexter, Zeus and Grendel, who all accepted him with no hissing, no growling, no puffing up, they simply acted as if he belonged.  He explored the house, bounced on all the furniture and then settled in to my lap.  When I called my mom to tell her of our new arrival, she was very excited because she had seen him on TV as well, as had my uncle.  That wouldn't be significant, but none of us watch TV in the morning - except that one Monday.  

In the time that he has been with us, Wrigley has been renamed Bowser, has met and won over my best friend's four dogs (all of whom are between 60 and 115 lbs and he wasn't intimidated in the least); we've gone on walks, played, laid around in the yard, snuggled, had interactions with horses, donkeys, chickens, ducks and goats, and today we went to garage sales.  Bowser does not appear to be bothered by anything at any time, loves everyone he meets, from "scary" crawling babies to slower senior citizens, and sometimes I'm worried that he wags his tail so much that he's going to sprain it.  He's quiet, he's well mannered and he is smart.  Pixie and Bowser have become fast friends and have a lot of fun playing "steal the chewie" and "how tangled can we get our leashes?"  I give Dexter, the cat, two months before he is curled up with Bowser for nap time.  When we were worried about how much change a second dog would create - Bowser reassured us by seamlessly slipping right into our lives.  It took him two days to adapt to our schedule and he's only had one accident in the house (and that was human error).  He loves to snuggle and he naps best when he's buried himself under a blanket (still managing to snuggle whichever one of us he is sitting with).  We get constant compliments on his behavior. Because of his size, people expect him to be yippy and nuts and he is neither.  For the second time, my husband and I have adopted a dog who we love dearly and can't imagine life without, and we feel incredibly lucky to have found both of them.  Or did they find us?

Thank you, Katie, for sharing Bowser’s and your family’s story! Bowser was at ICHS just for a short time this past spring, and he was such a cute little guy! It is difficult to imagine how such an adorable little dog could end up as a stray!


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